- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Vertical; 1st edition (January 19, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1934287733
- ISBN-13: 978-1934287736
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,740,409 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Black Jack, Vol. 9 Paperback – January 19, 2010
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Osamu Tezuka was born on November 3, 1928, in Osaka. He grew up in an open-minded family exposed to comics and Walt Disney. As a boy he also had a love for insects, which he would later as a grown-up incorporate into pen name. Having developed an intense understanding of the preciousness of life from his wartime experience, Osamu Tezuka aimed to become a physician and later earned his degree in medicine, but ultimately chose the profession he loved best: manga artist and animated film writer.
Tezuka's manga and animated films had a tremendous impact on the shaping of the psychology of Japan's postwar youth. His work changed the concept of Japanese comics, transforming it into an art form and incorporating a variety of new styles in creating the "story cartoon." Osamu Tezuka lived out his entire life tirelessly pursuing his efforts, passing away at the age of 60 on February 8, 1989.
In all, Tezuka produced more than 150,000 pages of graphic storytelling before his death.
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However, the stories are still glorious, exciting and fresh. Even after 9 volumes of 14 stories each (that's over 100 stories), every story still feels new and original. It's amazing what this creative genius can do. He needs to lend some of his skills to today's professional writers at DC and Marvel, that's for sure. Many of the endings are "twists upon twists." Even as an "experienced" Black Jack reader, I am often surprised by the ending. Tezuka is indeed the "god of Manga."
Read the entire series in order to experience the gradual development of Black Jack and Pinoko. This is still a great volume, but for new readers to the series, I would strongly recommend starting at Volume One, the beginning, because there is some gradual character development that takes place.
This volume continues the series & as with previous volumes, you can read this one without having read the previous stories. (Such is the case with the entire series with a few exceptions.) The stories in this volume range from Pinoko getting a horrible disease to a story about a bombing. The stories are all a little on the strange side, but that's what you can expect from Tekuza.
I've really enjoyed the series so far & I'll be sad to see it end. I don't normally collect long series like this because at some point the plot lines get so horribly drawn out that I lose patience & interest in the series. Perhaps it's the standalone format paired with the genius of Tekuza (ok, I'll admit it I'm a fangirl) that makes this series so great. Whatever your personal reasons are for following the series this far, this is another "must buy" manga for me.
Okay, okay, enough ya say, I'll stop singing and squealing pathetically! I understand, I'm terribly, flinchingly off key. I've been on a black jack binge these past few days, strangely enough, having just ran through vol. 8 yesterday. I have to say, accurate you are not, Black Jack, but who am I to resist you even when you fill my mind with competely impossible things like cancer riding surgeries, and the amazing discussion of cryptogenic freezing in the 70's or 80's. (Did your contemporaries even know about that then, or did Tezuka really just see that far ahead?!)Anwway, I am unable to resist your charms, and your smug surgical prowess.
Here, we see a whole bunch of different cases, ranging from a nail biting case of leukemia inflicted on Ponokio, the drama between a pupil and profesor, leading to tradgedy, and a priestess that claims a boy's strange "frog skin" is caused by a curse. Weird, weird stuff! But I couldn't stop reading. My favorite case was "Three Legged Race." Remember, life is a three legged race. Oh gosh, just read it, I was kind of mehhh on it until I read the end and then it broke my heart. Snifffle. You'll understand why life is never a two legged race when you get there. Urgh, now I'm depressed again.
High recommendations! Off to vol. 10!